PERFECT TUNES by Emily Gould was named one of Refinery29’s best books of 2020. Kristin Iversen writes: “Gould's writing is warm, funny, and familiar, though there are moments that are so devastatingly observed that reading them sent sharp prickles of recognition up my skin…PERFECT TUNES feels like a love letter to all the women who have come to terms with the fact that the great adventure of their lives is not some static thing, but rather is something they'll have to work on and toward, in ways they'd never imagined.” Avid Reader Press published the book on April 14, 2020.
THE UNDYING by Anne Boyer was featured prominently in The New York Review. Nellie Hermann writes: “[Boyer’s] book may be classified as a memoir, but it is really a manifesto, declaring that the telling of a single story is in fact a lie, an act that elides the full sinister horror of the system of cancer. THE UNDYING is slippery and elusive in its very form, and you come away feeling that the book itself encapsulates the frustration with the inadequacies of our existing modes for tackling anything of this size. Though there is a quest here, Boyer’s seems to be not for meaning but instead for a narrative that reveals the chaos all of our narratives are a part of.” Farrar, Straus, & Giroux published THE UNDYING on September 17, 2019.
BookPage lauded THE MUTANT PROJECT by Eben Kirksey, writing: “THE MUTANT PROJECT might provoke and disturb as it raises unsettling questions about the nature of human life, technology and corporate and personal greed, but Kirksey’s entertaining and fascinating combination of detective story, medical history and ethics is a must-read.” St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
HUSH by Dylan Farrow was positively featured in the LA Review of Books. Amy Zimmerman writes: “Billed as a ‘feminist fantasy,’ HUSH’s central themes of truth-telling, suppressed speech, and male propaganda all suggest a “#MeToo novel…Through fantasy world-building, Farrow gives internal struggles shape and slippery phenomena substance.” Wednesday Books published HUSH on October 6, 2020.
HELLO NUMBERS! WHAT CAN YOU DO? by Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes was praised by Publishers Weekly as “[a]n appealingly energetic visualization of numbers and how they can be added, subtracted, and used to organize space…inviting children to keep counting as high as they can go.” The Experiment will publish the book on November 24, 2020.
In a starred review, Booklist calls CROSSING THE LINE by Kareem Rosser "a marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories. It's an occasionally heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story…This stereotype-shattering memoir about a Black teenager from Philadelphia who became a polo champion will hook YA readers on many levels." St. Martin’s Press will publish the book on February 9, 2021.
Tom Shone and filmmaker Christopher Nolan sat for a joint interview with the LA Times to discuss the recently published THE NOLAN VARIATIONS. Shone spoke about the process of exploring Nolan’s “enigmatic vision,” noting: “My fear was that if we sat in a room and talked about the films, I’d come to an understanding of them and then some of the magic would be gone…But I was discovering things right up to the end.” Tom Shone was also interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, and THE NOLAN VARIATIONS was named one of their “20 books to escape into in November.” Knopf published the book on November 3, 2020.
Investigative reporter Becky Cooper’s true crime debut, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, continues to rack up praise in the weeks leading up to its publication. The book received a starred review in BookPage, and a Q&A with Cooper will be featured in the magazine’s November print and online issues. Boston Globe Magazine featured an exclusive excerpt from the book. It has also been named a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2020, has been nominated for a Nonfiction Goodreads Choice Award, and has been called a must-read by PopSugar, PureWow, WAMC, and countless other outlets. Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
Deadline announced that Adam Sandler will play the leading role in Netflix’s adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfař’s debut novel, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA. Director Johan Renck of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Chernobyl is attached to direct. Little, Brown and Company published the book on March 7, 2017.
The New York Times named Shirley Hazzard’s COLLECTED STORIES as one of the 16 New Books to Watch for in November. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on November 3, 2020.